In Case You Hadn’t Heard: 6th mass extinction already underway — and we’re the cause

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/06/20/sixth-mass-extinction-study/29028887/

The Earth’s sixth mass extinction is already underway — and humans are the driving force behind it, according to a new study.

“Recent extinction rates are unprecedented in human history and highly unusual in Earth’s history,” according to a study published Friday in the journal Science Advances. “Our global society has started to destroy species of other organisms at an accelerating rate, initiating a mass extinction episode unparalleled for 65 million years.”

Researchers used “extremely conservative assumptions” to determine extinction rates that prevailed in the past five annihilation events. Still, they found the average rate of vertebrate species lost over the past century was up to 114 times higher than normal.

More: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/06/20/sixth-mass-extinction-study/29028887/

Also,

“There are examples of species all over the world that are essentially the walking dead,” Stanford University professor Paul Ehrlich said.

“We are sawing off the limb that we are sitting on.”

from: http://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2015/06/20/

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4 thoughts on “In Case You Hadn’t Heard: 6th mass extinction already underway — and we’re the cause

  1. Been reading about it, and it seems to be just a continuation the ravaging of the planet and devastation of other life forms that has been our custom since we stood upright and invented weapons. When everything else is gone, our turn may come. But too late for the other innocent Earthlings.

    • Yep, it’s amazing how the media sells this as “News.” Humans started the 6th Extinction tens of thousands of years ago, with the overhunting of North American mega-fauna, by the first human inhabitants here. Leaky wrote The Sixth Extinction 30-some years ago…

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